I remember when I was studying Shiatsu and one of the 3rd Years who had just graduated made a leaflet that always made me smile. It asked the same question “What is Shiatsu?” and then said
‘It’s not a dog….’
‘It’s not a kind of Japanese noodle’
‘It’s not a kind of Martial art’
I’ve seen other practitioners do versions of this too. After all, when it can feel so amazing and works on so many levels of our being, how do we start to explain what Shiatsu is?[Read more…]
1. Strength and definition
When you work your thighs in a Barre Class, you target that muscle group from all angles. Three thigh exercises will work to fatigue the front, inner and outer thighs, strengthening the muscles from joint to joint. The same goes for your abs back glutes and arms. Use of your arms in Barre just holding in 2nd or port de bras is an excellent way to strengthen your shoulders as well as your back. You are also strengthening muscles that are often underused and underdeveloped.[Read more…]
Are you in control of your movements during your exercise class?
The fundamentals of Pilates, the principles underlying this unique form of movement, teach and train individuals to develop control while exercising. The fundamentals, also known as the principles, are the main components of all Joseph Pilates’ exercises, including mat-based and standing exercises.
There are typically 8 principles included in Pilates’ exercise method, all of them helping to improve the effect of the exercise. Control is one of these principles and indeed, Joseph H. Pilates’ book, written in 1945, is titled ‘Return to Life Through Contrology’. [Read more…]
Need a pick-me-up? Something that will brighten up your day, make you feel happy and give you more energy? Just book into Yoga Express at the View on Friday lunch times 12.00 – 12.45pm! Just 45 minutes can help transform your mood (and your health) in more ways than you can imagine. [Read more…]
3 Reasons to come to my Stretch Class
I have trained in a number of styles of dance so have always had the importance of stretch drilled into my head from an early age. The importance, benefits and the safe practise of Stretching really have been part of me since I could basically walk! I base my class on stretches with partners so you can get the full feeling of your full potential of flexibility for all parts of the body. [Read more…]
Can YOGA really be classed as cardio exercise?
Traditionally this has always been up for debate, but according to a new study the answer is categorically ‘Yes’, as long as you do it fast enough, it is possible for you to burn serious calories equivalent to a light aerobics’ workout. [Read more…]
Being a new mum to a 9 month old baby boy alongside running my own business, and working my way through all the domestic chores as well as not forgetting to walk our two dogs leaves me feeling frazzled. I have friends who are now onto their third and fourth child and I think, boy oh boy their lives must be even more hectic. One friend described it as, ‘happy chaos’
Finding those moments of calm, can feel like finding a needle in a hair stack most days. However, fitting in a little ‘time-out’ does help to improve mental clarity, improve memory and increases concentration helping us make coping with life as a mum or busy individual just that little bit easier.
Here are 10 REALISTIC tips to press pause
Everyone has abdominal separation. Diastasis recti happens when there is a gap of 2 fingers or more. Abdominal separation is most common after having a baby. What happens during pregnancy is the six-pack muscle (Rectus abdominis), which runs down from your breastbone to your pubic bone, is joined together by a fibrous sheath called the Linea Alba. This mid-section of the body stretches and expands to allow room for the baby. The muscles don’t actually split; it is more an abdominal “separation”. A bit like a piece of cling film coming apart. [Read more…]